WELLNESS CHALLENGE BLOG: Ashley Fitzwater

June 22, 2018

I can't believe this is the second to last blog entry. What a journey this has been. As I stare at my desk as I write this I have a 16.9 oz water bottle that is EMPTY on my desk!! Yes, I said EMPTY!!

That would have NEVER have been the case at the beginning of this wellness challenge so YAY for progress! I can hear Dr. Tonya Turner with Got Health cheering now. ha!

Full disclosure, I have a Pibb Zero on my desk too, but it's full and instead of this being my 3rd or 4th this time of day, it's my 1st!

That alone has made this journey for me a SUCCESS!!

So while this entry is a short one, it's a meaningful one that I hope continues well after this chapter comes to an end.

June 15, 2018

Hey friends!!

It seems all I blog about lately is food! Lol! I guess you can tell where my struggle or let's call it my passion is. Ha!

Today, I wanted to talk about another snack that's been extremely helpful for me and that's the Skinny Pop popcorn. It's great for moments I need some crunch. I'm also enjoying lots of homemade salsa!

Well not together, but if they made a skinny pop chip I would eat it! Ha!

I love Salsa! Especially when it's fresh and homemade. Delicious! We have a guy up here at work, who has a recipe that is out of this world!

All of this talking about food reminds me about a recipe for peanut butter cups that I got from Samantha! I need to find that and make those this weekend.

Delicious and perfect for when you are craving something sweet! Hopefully, I can do it right so I can share a picture on Facebook for you guys! Yummy!

Have a fun and safe weekend, and Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

June 8, 2018

I'm shocked at some of my new Healthy Eating habits in the home stretch!! lol! Well shocked at the new ones I actually WANT to do and not the ones I HAVE to do. You know! ha!

Here's a good example that I wanted to share.

I found another lunch/snack option that I'm LOVING! 100% truth this is something I would have NEVER EVER in 1 million years picked to eat.

But I was at my CIS Board meeting and my sweet Executive Director gave me a Sargento Balanced Breaks pack.  It had cheese and dried cranberries that I knew I would love, but it also had roasted almonds.

I HATE nuts. Yall, I ate every single one. Then went to the store and bought a 3 pack! ha! They are AWESOME and healthy!

Yay for change that is not forced and for change that will actually stick around.

After all the definition of change is to make or become different. so I love that I'm changing my poor eating choices and replacing them with smart ones. :)

Can't wait to tell Dr. Turner at Got Health about the CHANGE too! Here's to moving up and on!

May 25, 2018

We may be one month out from our Wellness Challenge coming to an end! (Cheers!) But if you want to end with a bang that means it's time to kick things into high gear (Gasp!)

Double Gasp as we come upon a weekend full of grilling out and yummy treats. The only saving grace is fruit. I love fruit and watermelon is filling my fridge this time of year. It's a great snack and one that I don't have to feel guilty about later.

I think summer is also a little easier to eat healthier because it's so hot so who wants to overindulge when you are sweating to death outdoors. ha! Hand me a bottle of water!

Now that school is out, walks around the block later in the evening is also easier to do with the family. So here's to crunch time and a win the final stretch!

In the words of The Little Engine That Could...

"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”

May 18, 2018

Hello Blog Friends!

I have found the world of Natural Grocers! lol! While I have been getting some yummy sweet potato fries from Walmart and Market Street I found SWEET POTATO WAFFLE FRIES!! WHAT!!

Yall, this could be a game changer! ha! I also had a nurse at Dr. Turner's office tell me about some Pesto Tomato pizza that I can't wait to try.

I'm a picky eater, and NOT proud of it, so I get really excited when I find new, delicious and HEALTHY food options.

#NC6WellnessChallenge

May 4, 2018

Happy blog day!!

I Found a few new water options I wanted to share with you today. I know weird even typing that.

Anyways looking at the dates I'm probably the last person on Earth to hear about these water bubbles, but they look amazing! 

(http://mentalfloss.com/article/68911/edible-water-blob-could-change-hydration-forever)

While the idea is SO much bigger than getting Ashley to drink water, I think this might do the trick for me.

At least for a little bit and let's face it a gulp of water is all I want anyways! Ha!! Just kidding Dr.Turner!

Another cool thing is thanks to our producer Angie!! I'm really loving the apple flavor of something called bubly sparkling water. I just add a little grape water enhancer and it's pretty good! 

So if anyone knows how to make the water bubbles, or wants to help me convince the lovely Samantha Forester to give it a shot so I can taste, test, and tell you all about it that would be appreciated! Ha! 

She posts these for us to the web, so I know she will see this. We love you girl!!

April 27, 2018

Whoo-hoo! We made it to the halfway point in our journey!!

Ever wish you had a fast forward button though to skip all the hard parts? Although I'm sure there's a lesson in those moments that I will learn to appreciate... one day.

I'll save you the details why, but tell you my stress eating has been the latest challenge. Some skip meals when they are stressed but not me honey! That's when it's time to bring out the SWEET & SALTY TREATS!

But honestly, I eat when I'm happy, sad, stressed, bored, watching T.V. and oh yeah...when I'm hungry! ha!

My focus now is really finding other outlets.

I look at my fellow friends and challengers who are kicking butt and taking names in the gym (SO proud of them) and while I WANT that to be me, truth be told I'm more of a ride your bike, walk around the block gal!

Which is why making smart choices in the kitchen is so important! So here's to continuing this journey on a high note and finding tasty options for snacks that I will continue to use for the rest of my life.

If you have any good ones please send them my way! afitzwater@kauz.com

#WellnessChallenge #Ashley

April 13, 2018

Just wanted to give you a quick update on my wellness challenge journey!

I made an exciting but dangerous discovery this week. Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts is open 24 hours! WHAT!! Being a good momma I got my kids some donut holes last Thursday for Friday morning but driving home with those delicious gooey treats was torture!

I'm calling it a win though, they woke up with donuts to eat! ha!

I have found the amazing Campbell's- Soup on the Go!! It's been a nice change and still something I think Dr. Turner would approve. I need easy and healthy which let's face it is harder to find than easy and fattening.

I'm also really liking some sweet potato fries that I found at Market Street! They are AWESOME!!

My next challenge is to try and limit my Diet Dr. Pepper intake again. We were just talking at Got Health how EASY it is to drink a coke or 2 but it will take me an hour or 2 to drink 1/4 of my water bottle?!?! Why?

If you have the answer I would love to hear your thoughts. ha! No seriously, email me at afitzwater@kauz.com or head to my facebook page!!

We have a weigh-in coming up next week....so here's to no crazy cheat days!

March 30, 2018

Hello Texoma!! Just checking in with a quick update on how this week has been.

I know my fellow friends and challengers are killing it!! So proud of them. I'm just celebrating the victories as they come. ;)

I will tell you though the arrival of Spring, has put a spring in my desire to step it up.

One way I'm doing that is with a daily fitness goal. It can be a bit addicting to get the alert that you met your goal on your phone or watch. ha! Now I think the trick is upping my game.

That's hard to do though when you finally figure out a groove, but progress is pain right?!? No pain, No Gain.

So, I read an article about increasing your energy and the claim is warm lemon water. Anyone else heard about this?

Hey, I'm willing to give this a shot! ha! I'll also check in with Got Health's Dr. Turner to make sure. ;)

I know Easter candy will soon fill my house so that's my next hurdle! Already telling myself "Just Say NO" to those delicious Chocolate bunnies. I can do it!

Till we chat again, enjoy your Easter weekend friends!

March 23, 2018

Hey Texoma!! Vacation last week was a blast but I can't say everything I ate was "wellness challenge approved"
Pizza in the hotel and a Volcano dessert at Rainforest Cafe...yum!! But Not calorie free!!

Do you ever find that when you start eating bad it makes getting back on track that much harder? Ugh! That's been me this week.

But "Carry On" is what I'm choosing to do. I think my water intake has been a failure but I did find a pineapple coconut flavor I LOVE!! 
So it's looking up.

Another bright side, through birthday celebrations and treats galore in the newsroom I am PROUD of my choices.

Alex Achten might have tried to be "nice" and cut me a BIG delicious piece of cookie cake (MY FAV) but I choose to do a tiny sliver instead and felt good after. Win, win! Some days are just better than others.

It's set to be a beautiful weekend so I'm hoping to top my last walking record!! Wish me luck!! ??

March 9, 2018

Hello friends!!! I can't believe it's already been another week since my last check-in. I went walking this weekend with my husband around our neighborhood and was surprised that it took us no time at all, to hit a mile.

We were both tracking how many calories we burned and wouldn't you know it he was like 10 or 15 calories ahead most of the time. Ridiculous! ;)

SO my competitive side came out and I decided to pick up the pace, and left him in the dust! I also burned A LOT more calories doing that, and we walked the same distance! Win, Win!

You better believe I'll be doing the same next time. So don't judge my power walking skills if you see me out and about. ha!

Temptation has been over the top this week!! From ooey gooey cinnamon rolls, cookie cake (my downfall), pizza, and some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies around!

I did say No to some....and yes to others.

On the plus side, our Election Night tradition of eating pizza was replaced by Jimmy John's Sandwiches. They were great and GUILT free! Thanks, James!!

My real test is coming next week...FAMILY VACATION and MY ANNIVERSARY!! Wish me lots of luck, I'm going to need it!

March 3, 2018

It's the blog entry I've been waiting to post! After a few weeks of no progress on the scale, I'm down 2.5 pounds!! Yay!

We did a lot of painting and moving last weekend so I'm sure that helped burn a lot of extra calories. Ha! 

If I'm being honest, this challenge has been exactly that for me. A Challenge. But I'm so thankful for a supportive husband and Dr. Turner and the girls at her office who keep cheering me on!

I'm also looking forward to going on a bike ride this weekend. I think the hardest thing is still my late snack snacking. So if you have any favorite sweet low-calorie snacks I would love to hear from you on my Ashley Fitzwater Newschannel 6 page.

I know Samantha has a yummy peanut butter and chocolate treat! I'll have to get the recipe and share ?? Here's to another week of being the best me!

February 23, 2018

Another week another weigh-in! YIKES! These things come too fast! ha!

A TRIUMPH this week is a 4-mile walk I enjoyed and completed with my fellow challengers! Go Me! ha!

So truth be told I thought it was going to be a 2-mile walk, and when we got to the lovely spillway I was expecting us to be done, but No! ha! That was the halfway point.

We had to turn around to get back! ha! But I tell you what I was proud of how well I did. Until I walked into my house and hit the couch. I was DONE.

I wish the ice would've stayed away this week so I could've gotten out more but it's not over yet! So here's hoping a lovely comment left by a Facebook viewer comes true!

February 16, 2018

Got Health's Dr. Turner says "Weight loss is a journey and not something that happens overnight."

Oh man, isn't that the truth! After coming down with what felt like the flu, it was a rough start to the Wellness Challenge for me, but I'm BACK!!

Problem is my first check in was not what I anticipated when we first kicked this off, and I was the only one in the group that had a setback.

Agh! Instead of giving up, I'm pressing on!!

It's been a pretty good week and to my surprise, I've stepped up my water intake!  Whoop, Whoop!

Not to what Dr. Turner wants it to be, but better than last week. Ha! Did you know we are supposed to drink a GALLON a DAY?!?!

So thankful for my hubby who has been making me scrambled eggs and cheering me on. Support and accountability are key for me to be successful so I'm also planning weekly visits for check-ins to keep me on track.

I'm also grateful for all the kind comments on social media and in person and see now that what often feels like a struggle to be the best us, is something more people face than we realize.

My biggest thing is not completely giving up the things I love. If it's a lifestyle change it has to work for me. I will always return to the things I love to eat so learning to enjoy them in moderation is my goal!

You know just one cookie, or 2 fudge dipped strawberries from the Pecan Shed on Valentines Day! Seriously the BEST!

So this week I considered it a win when I had a kids burger during a dinner celebrating a friend and a kids meal when I had to stop by my favorite fast food joint.

Pretty sure I need to cut back on my Chick-fil-A Sauce though. It's so good but the calories are not. So wish me luck!

Well as I work on that and so much more I'm excited about the victories off the scale and the next part of this journey to becoming a better me.

February 7, 2018

When I was in my 20's I remember the soup diet was my go-to! I could eat 3 cans of Progresso soup a day and drop 10 pounds in 5 days flat! CRAZY! If I tried that today I would just starve, and probably gain a pound. ha!

My momma always told me the older I got, the harder it would be. I didn't believe her, but now I do more than ever!

How is it that I can splurge one weekend and gain 4 pounds, but it takes 2 weeks of eating right to lose 1 or 2 pounds? Oh, the struggle is real!

So while I'm told this challenge is about so much more than dropping a few pounds, I'm excited, scared, nervous and I guess ready or not for the next 6 months.

Being a mom, wife and working a crazy schedule doesn't make it easy, but makes the journey to be the best me, that much more important!

So here's to finding the ENERGY I never have and going down a size in Spanx! ha!